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Old 05-24-2012, 12:45 PM   #1
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Question 20 yrs old just bought my first vehicle... my dream vehicle. 2012 Jeep Wrangler

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I just bought my first Jeep Wrangler but i know virtually nothing about them. Where can i go to get into the game? Also i have a 3.21 gear ratio and i was wondering how i can work with that on getting tires and wheels? Like how big can i go and how good is that ratio offroad? im not looking to go crazy but just have fun in the woods!
Thanks for all your help guys and thanks for welcoming me into the family!
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Old 05-24-2012, 12:50 PM   #2
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What year is your jeep? Edit: just saw you had 2012 in your title!!
You should be fine with 33s with stock rims on there, I'm not sure if you would want to go up to 35s though. I'm sure someone more knowledgable will chime in soon
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Sweet!

Thanks a bunch man ill look into it how about going offroad?
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33's are the largest you are going to want to do with stock wheels and suspension. I ran 33's with stock suspension for quite some time without any problems. However, I had them mounted on 15 inch wheels with 3.75 inches of backspacing. This brought the wheels out further and took away the possibility of rubbing. I would suggest getting wheels and tires at the same time and get wheels with 4.5 BS or less to limit rubbing.

Wheeling with 33's and no lift is definitely possible and the only real problem you will run into is your tires rubbing the fender flares while flexing. Not a huge problem, but if you do some rough stuff, your flares will start to fall off like mine .

I just put a 2.5 inch coil lift on my JK and it made a world of difference. Now I have the ability of disconnecting the front sway bars to maximize articulation.

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33's are the largest you are going to want to do with stock wheels and suspension. I ran 33's with stock suspension for quite some time without any problems. However, I had them mounted on 15 inch wheels with 3.75 inches of backspacing. This brought the wheels out further and took away the possibility of rubbing. I would suggest getting wheels and tires at the same time and get wheels with 4.5 BS or less to limit rubbing.

Wheeling with 33's and no lift is definitely possible and the only real problem you will run into is your tires rubbing the fender flares while flexing. Not a huge problem, but if you do some rough stuff, your flares will start to fall off like mine .

I just put a 2.5 inch coil lift on my JK and it made a world of difference. Now I have the ability of disconnecting the front sway bars to maximize articulation.

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What do you call rough??and can you do a 2.5 in lift with a 3.21 gear ratio?? What is back spacing and what are flares.....I am a complete newbie to the jeep world....I apologize for embarrassing myself....
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What do you call rough??and can you do a 2.5 in lift with a 3.21 gear ratio?? What is back spacing and what are flares.....I am a complete newbie to the jeep world....I apologize for embarrassing myself....
Dont be embarrassed! You wont learn if you dont ask! Flares are the black piece that are connected to your fender, unless you got color coated ones that match your paint. Oh and on the flares be careful when pumping gas if you get gas on the black fender flares it can pull the color out and make them ugly!! Welcome
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What do you call rough??and can you do a 2.5 in lift with a 3.21 gear ratio?? What is back spacing and what are flares.....I am a complete newbie to the jeep world....I apologize for embarrassing myself....
Pretty much anything more than just dirt roads. Where you will need to put it in 4WD Low. I don't see any problems with a 2.5 inch lift with 3.21 gearing. You'll notice a power drop after putting bigger tires on, but not so much with the lift. Backspacing is the amount of distance that the wheel sticks out from the Jeep. The lower the number, the further the wheels will stick out from the center of the Jeep. Hoytgirl07 answered the question about the fender flares.

Don't worry about it. I had many of the same questions when I first got my Jeep. I'm 20 years old too by the way.
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Thats awesome man i see your going to be a Marine? Im commissioning on May 17th 2013 in the Navy hopefully goin Surface Warfare to San Diego!!!

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Thats awesome man i see your going to be a Marine? Im commissioning on May 17th 2013 in the Navy hopefully goin Surface Warfare to San Diego!!!

Also i really appreciate all this help from everyone this place is awesome!
Awesome!

Yeah, I should be swearing in in a week or two and will head to boot camp most likely February 2013. MCRD San Diego is where I'll be headed.
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Thats Awesome Dude, the MSGT AMOI at Virginia Tech where i go to school was a Drill Instructor where youll be headed!! He is insane btw..... but seriously that is awesome! Im really looking forward to getting into all things Jeep!
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Gearing and lift don't affect each other.. It's tire size and gearing that effect each other.

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What do you call rough??and can you do a 2.5 in lift with a 3.21 gear ratio?? What is back spacing and what are flares.....I am a complete newbie to the jeep world....I apologize for embarrassing myself....
Yup, lift makes no difference in gearing. Only tire size affect your gearing. You can go the cheap route(250 or so) and get a budget boost/coil spacers, or spend a little more and get a full suspension lift.
Many do a BB and are happy, I myself have one and will run it till I can afford the suspension lift. After all the other mods!
2-2.5 BB and 33-35 in tires look awesome on a JK. If you do go with 35s you will need spacers or after market rims.
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Thanks!

Thanks for everyone responding i was not expecting this much of a response to my first post. This is an awesome community and im so glad im a part of it now! Hopefully ill be able to meet some of yall on the road/ off the road one day haha
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Hey yall what are some good windshield light mounts that do not require drilling into my brand new jeep... what type would you reccomend driving or long range. I want them on while i drive sometimes but not all the time and i dont wanna kill the people driving at me...but i want crazy bright lights!

any suggestions would be awesome!

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I got the mopar brand mounts, but that was because they were giving 500 mopar buck away when I got my jeep. Just look for a-pillar light mounts. Most use existing screw holes.
I also got the Hella black magic driving lights. They were decent price and out out a good deal of light. Whatever you get, make sure they are driving/long range lights to reduce any glare from being in the apost.
Look at the apillar light switch pod from rugged ridge, it has spots for 4 switches and just snaps into place. I use it and love it. I did wire my driving lights completely independent of my headlights so I have complete control of when they are on.
I'll try and get some pics soon if ya want.
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I got the mopar brand mounts, but that was because they were giving 500 mopar buck away when I got my jeep. Just look for a-pillar light mounts. Most use existing screw holes.
I also got the Hella black magic driving lights. They were decent price and out out a good deal of light. Whatever you get, make sure they are driving/long range lights to reduce any glare from being in the apost.
Look at the apillar light switch pod from rugged ridge, it has spots for 4 switches and just snaps into place. I use it and love it. I did wire my driving lights completely independent of my headlights so I have complete control of when they are on.
I'll try and get some pics soon if ya want.
Yeah! i definately want to have controll of when they are on and off. Id love some pics!!! both to see what they look like and to to get an idea on how to install and wire them! I think im going to get the KC Daylighters but i need to know how to wire the switches so i have control in the drivers seat and not with the headlights! Also if im going to have an amo and all this exttra stuff drawing power from my battery should i get a second battery or will one still be ok? Im hoping to stick with one....
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As long as yiu stick with a few sets of lights, stock should be ok.
When I wired them up, I followed the instructions, but drew my power directly from the battery instead of the headlights. Do make sure you use a relay if it's not included in the kit.
I'll try and get pics tomorrow for you.
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